The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on April 13, 2009 from 8 am to 5 pm this year. This historical event dates back to the late 1800s. Children, aged 10 and under, will get a chance to roll a hard-boiled egg across the lawn of the White House.
The President and First Lady typically greet the egg-rollers, as well as other members of his Cabinet, celebrities, and the official White House Easter Bunny.
This year was the first year to offer the tickets online. This system was set in place to afford people from all over the country a 'fair' chance. Normally, tons would gather at the Ellipse, the park area south of the White House, hours before the tickets were to be distributed publicly. This was an event in itself with people camping-out in cold conditions, making new friends, entertaining, and hoping to be one of the lucky thousands to get tickets.
However, this year's Easter Egg Roll has created quite a buzz on the internet, blogs, and the news. Several people have voiced their concerns and dismay about the flaws of the new technology-inspired ticket option. On March 26, 2009, at a time no one is really sure of, the tickets were released to the public. From the White House website, a link was provided to re-direct ticket seekers to another site to begin their hunt. This is where obtaining tickets took a wrong turn.
Apparently, the ticket-hosting site was unable to handle all the traffic. I mean, what do you really expect? The tickets were a) FREE b)a chance to go to the White House and c)did not require you leave your home or office to get. Of course there were going to be problems. Have you ever tried getting tickets for a concert? It's kind of the same notion.
Several people were left frustrated and confused by the day's events. Some took a day off of work. Others found a moment in their work schedule. Many SAH Moms and Dads camped-out in front their computers. Many refreshed the screen, but the final result ended in no tickets.
I had a different take on the ticket process for the White House Easter Egg Roll. Here it is:
- The night before, I began checking the White House website for updates. No tickets yet.
- During the night, I woke-up several times to check. No tickets yet.
- Around 8 am, I prepared my son for his school day. I checked the website and the tickets were available.
- I opened several tabs. Kept getting an error message.
- I picked out my son's clothes, signed his folder, prepared
microwavedhis breakfast, and refreshed the pages in between.
- I finally made it through the sign-up screen, only to be kicked out of the system.
- I gathered lunch money and packed my son's book bag.
- I refreshed all 5 tabs.
- Finally, a screen confirmation saying I was given 6 tickets to the event. Put son on the bus.
- Checked my email (not entire confirmation) and found this:
I know those who did not receive tickets are wondering went wrong. Believe me, there are a lot of opinions about the situation. I have found a few for your viewing pleasure. Please read the comments. They are hilarious for the most part. PEOPLE, it's not that serious!
- Washington Times
- DC METRO Moms Blog
- Charm City Moms @ the Baltimore Sun
- Charm City Moms @ the Baltimore Sun (follow-up)
- The Enlightened Redneck
- Just Us Two
- Tech Savvy Mama
- DC Urban Mom Forum
The theme for the Easter Egg Roll this year is "Let's go play. It is an effort to encourage young people to become healthy and more active. Besides the actual roll, there will be musical performances, story-telling, and other 'active' events.
I will make sure I take my camera. This is going to be fun. I'm glad I was given the chance.
THE CASE: Acting like a CHILD and not a PARENT by whining over a one-day event
THE VERDICT: happily NOT GUILTY